Category Archives: Feature

Dark matter and dark energy – we know it’s out there somewhere…

Let’s pull together what we know about gravity and the Universe. We know that gravity likes to pull things together – attract them to one another – and we know (or, at least, we think) that the Universe was formed

Dark matter and dark energy – we know it’s out there somewhere…

Let’s pull together what we know about gravity and the Universe. We know that gravity likes to pull things together – attract them to one another – and we know (or, at least, we think) that the Universe was formed

Nuclear power

Let’s let go of the debate surrounding nuclear power for a minute or two, and delve into the truly awesome science within those massive power plants. Like any other electricity generator, there’s a chain of events that happens, starting with the fuel and

Nuclear power

Let’s let go of the debate surrounding nuclear power for a minute or two, and delve into the truly awesome science within those massive power plants. Like any other electricity generator, there’s a chain of events that happens, starting with the fuel and

Red vs. Blue: Electricity fight!

This is a pretty darn cool video. What’s happening here is the platforms that the men are standing on are Tesla coils, which produce large (seriously large) electricity voltages. Like lightning, or any other form of electricity, the voltage produced

Red vs. Blue: Electricity fight!

This is a pretty darn cool video. What’s happening here is the platforms that the men are standing on are Tesla coils, which produce large (seriously large) electricity voltages. Like lightning, or any other form of electricity, the voltage produced

3D television

With 3D films becoming a normal occurrence at the cinema, and 3D TV adverts all over the place, now seems like a good time to explain how 3D TV works! There are two types of 3D filming: one based on

3D television

With 3D films becoming a normal occurrence at the cinema, and 3D TV adverts all over the place, now seems like a good time to explain how 3D TV works! There are two types of 3D filming: one based on

Rollercoasters 2: Vertical G-force, hills and drops

In my last post about rollercoaster physics, I talked about what happens when a rollercoaster goes round banked and flat corners. This time, I’m going to take a look at what happens when the coaster train goes down drops and

Rollercoasters 2: Vertical G-force, hills and drops

In my last post about rollercoaster physics, I talked about what happens when a rollercoaster goes round banked and flat corners. This time, I’m going to take a look at what happens when the coaster train goes down drops and

Rollercoasters 1: Horizontal G-force, curves and banking

I’m a big fan of the game RollerCoaster Tycoon, so when I went to Thorpe Park recently and my friends were talking about writing stuff on the physics of them (yes, we’re geeks like that) I decided to give it

Rollercoasters 1: Horizontal G-force, curves and banking

I’m a big fan of the game RollerCoaster Tycoon, so when I went to Thorpe Park recently and my friends were talking about writing stuff on the physics of them (yes, we’re geeks like that) I decided to give it

Chaos: butterflies, fractals and the double pendulum

You might think that physics is all maths, equations and graphs. And in some cases, you’d be right! But chaos theory – one of my favourite areas of physics – is one of the exceptions to the rule. Well, OK,

Chaos: butterflies, fractals and the double pendulum

You might think that physics is all maths, equations and graphs. And in some cases, you’d be right! But chaos theory – one of my favourite areas of physics – is one of the exceptions to the rule. Well, OK,